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Doubtless. But what comparison can be properly instituted between these hearsay stories concerning pagan prodigies, and a series of mi. racles, like those openly and publickly wrought, for years together, in the face of the world, by Moses and by Christ? The historical facts related by Livy may be true, whatever becomes of his prodigies ; but, in the other case, the miracles are interwoven with, and indeed constitute, the body of the history. No separation can possibly be made; the whole must be received, or the whole must be rejected.
P. 3. Neither is any credit given u to the wonderful account of curing “ diseases by the touch, said to be s poffeffed by Mr. Greatrix, though “ we find it in the Philosophical 66 Transactions.".
Mr. Greatrix's general method of let. curing diseases was not, as I remem- IX. ber, simply and instantaneously by the touch, but by the operation of stroking the part affected, and that long continued, or frequently repeated. Sometimes, it is said, this stroking fucceeded, and sometimes it failed. If (as we are informed in a note ) Boyle, Wilkins, Cudworth, and other great men, attested the fact, that there were persons who found themselves relieved by this new device, undoubtedly there were such persons. But whether this relief were temporary; whether it were owing in any, or what degree, to the working of the imagination, or to a real physical change effected by the application of a warm hand, or any particular temperament in the constitution of the stroker
LET. these are points, which the reader
may find discussed in Mr. Boyle's letter to Henry Stubbe, written upon the occasion, in which he reproves Stubbe, as he well might, for supposing there was any thing necessarily and properly miraculous in the affair. Mr. Valentine Greatrix, by all accounts, was an honest, harmless, me. lancholy country gentleman, of the kingdom of Ireland, who after having gained great reputation by stroking in England, returned to pass his latter days quietly and peaceably in his native country, and was heard of no more. He had no new doctrine to promulgate, pretended to no divine mission, and, I dare say, never thought of his cures being employed to difcredit those of his Saviour. The won.. ders reported to have been wrought
formerly by Apollonius Tyaneus, LET. and more lately at the tomb of Abbé IX. Paris, have been applied to the same purpose. - But their day is over-and now all depends upon poor Mr. Valentine Greatrix !
P. 3. “ The miracles of the Old “ Testament were all performed in o those ages, of which we have no “ credible history."
Pardon me_There cannot be a more credible history than that of Moses ; since it is impossible that he could have written, or the Israelites received his history, had it not been true, Would he, think you, have called them together, and told them, to their faces, they had all heard and seen such and such wonders, when every man woman and child in the company knew they had never heard or
LET. seen any thing of the kind ? What? IX. Not one honest soul to cry out
priestcraft, and imposture! Let these gentlemen try their hands in this way. They have often been requested to do it. Let one of them assemble the good people of London and Weftininfter, and tell them, that on a certain day and hour, he divided the Thames, and led them on dry ground over to Southwark; appealing to them for the truth of what he says. I should like to see the event of such an appeal. There are many such appeals recorded of Moses to his nation; and the book, in which there appeals are so recorded, contains the municipal law by which that nation has been governed, from the days of Moses to the dissolution of their polity. This is a fact, without a parallel upon